What is svdhost.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the svdhost.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Svdhost.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with svdhost
Svdhost.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SCS appears to belong to software SCS by LOCAL HOST.

Description: Svdhost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The svdhost.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 946,176 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 551,936 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has no file description. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices). Svdhost.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Svdhost.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Svdhost.exe is able to manipulate other programs, record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 92% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name svdhost.exe, for example BKDR_SDBOT.CHP or TROJ_GEN.F9BEZLH (detected by TrendMicro), and Backdoor:Win32/Rbot.gen or Backdoor:Win32/Rbot.gen!E (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the svdhost.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Es handelt sich wahrscheinlich um einen Wurm.
  Sascha   (further information)
Die Datei hat bei mir den Prozess einer ominösen setup.exe (die im \system32 lag) dauerhaft repliziert. Das hatte Tonnen von Popups mit Installer-Fehlermeldungen zur Folge. Nach abschießen der svdhost.exe hört das auf, und man kann den eigentlichen Störenfried entfernen. Allerdings denke ich, dass die svdhost.exe selbst eher ein Türöffner für einen eigentlichen Schädling darstellt.

Summary: Average user rating of svdhost.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving svdhost issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with svdhost. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the svdhost.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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